The latest release from Kim Kardashian West is her KKW Beauty Classic Palette ($45 USD) that has 10 neutral eye shadows ranging from 7 matte and 3 shimmer shades (2 of which are more on the glittery side).
The packaging of the unicarton mirrors the actual palette itself: the palette is housed in a nude blush component with the writing in a glossy nude print. The palette itself is made from very sturdy cardboard with a full size mirror on the inside. The names of the shades are printed on the back palette.
The KKW Beauty Classic Palette has a nice array of warm, cool and neutral shades with a variety of textures. I like the shade choices in this palette that take a fun approach to neutral makeup. Of course, you have the token neutral transition shades from coral to camel and brown shades and even a cool medium purple with added pops of colour including a rustic penny shade, bronze and warm light champagne shade. The palette has two deep shades (a warm rustic red and deep brown) at the end to smoke out your eyes or even use as eyeliner and a matte banana brow bone highlight on medium skins.
The shades in this palette vary in texture. The mattes are pigmented, creamy and easily blendable. The first shimmer (Chicago), at the top left is a beautiful warm champagne shade that isn’t as light as most champagne shades tend to be. As such, Chicago works beautifully not just as an inner corner highlight but also as an all over the lid shade as well. The shimmer in Chicago is finely milled, stands out on the eye and blend outs effortlessly.
The next shimmer shade, North, is a penny copper shade (bottom row, middle shade). I’m not a fan of this one because it doesn’t apply on the lid with a brush (the shadow does not transfer from the pan to the brush), the chunks of shimmer are too large and if I apply too much, I can feel it on the lid. The best way to apply this shadow is with the finger (you’ll notice the gold reflex on the finger swatch below) that translates well on the lid. However, applying shadows with your finger, for anyone with long fingernails, knows that it can get quite annoying to do.
The last shimmer shade, Saint, at the top right hand side of the palette is a true shimmery copper shade. I struggled with this shade the same ways in which I struggled with North. However, when applied to the lid, the shimmer dusts away making it not as vibrant as it appears in the pan. As such, the best way to apply this colour is wet or on a tacky base to maintain the shimmer.
Overall, the mattes are gorgeous in texture, colour and blendability. From the shimmers, Chicago is not only the best out of the worst, but it’s a gorgeous colour in and of itself. I wish North and Saint were different – the colours are played out (I have a penny and copper shade in so many of my palettes as I feel like those colours are super on trend this summer) and the formula’s are too high maintenance. I’m happy that I bought this palette and see myself reaching for the shades I love